Yep, it’s that time of year again: when holiday music accosts practically every radio station, when stores pull out all the stops on their window displays and when you find yourself cursing that one friend who finished all their Christmas shopping in August. Are you a person who cringes at a pile of gifts under the tree like it’s a tiny landfill? Do you hate the thought of all that plastic encroaching on your living space and somehow ending up in the ocean years down the line? Or maybe you just want your holiday to leave a little less of an impact on the Earth? Well, then this is the gift guide for you.
With all of the stuff involved in the holidays, the season can start to feel pretty wasteful. But if the idea of "eco-friendly gifts" conjures up the thought of homemade granola, something patchouli-scented or an amaryllis, think again. We've rounded up gifts that are guaranteed not to elicit that dreaded this-is-hideous-what-do-I-say smile — or be tossed into the pile of gifts earmarked for returns. Instead, behold: 14 fun, colorful, useful, amazing (and did I mention fun?) kids items that happen to have the hidden benefit of sustainability, meaning you can feel good about giving them to the littles in your life.
'Tis the season of giving, right? So in addition to spoiling our loved ones, let’s give back to the Earth. Because when Mother Nature is happy, we’re all happy.